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WIRES asks holiday motorists to watch out for bushfire affected animals

Friday, January 03, 2020

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WIRES warns thousands of flying foxes could die during current heatwave

Thursday, December 19, 2019

WIRES is warning that thousands of flying-foxes are expected to perish over the next week as temperatures across Australia continue to soar.

WIRES NSW flying-fox coordinator Storm Stanford said colonies across the Eastern states have been under stress for months due to ongoing food shortage and drought. Mass deaths have already occurred in Northern and Southern NSW.

With drought-stressed eucalypts producing little or no nectar or not flowering at all, flying-foxes have vacated many established colonies and flown south in search of food or to escape the bushfires.

“Our flying-foxes are in the worst situation I have ever seen with underweight and dying pups that have been abandoned by their mothers as nature’s way of encouraging them to at least save themselves,” said Stamford. “These next few days will literally see thousands more adult females and their young impacted by heat stress.”

“And this is at a time when we most need this next generation of our natural pollinators to help regenerate the 2.7 million hectares of bushland in NSW already burnt out.”



Flying-fox pup rescued from Northern NSW colony in care with WIRES (photo credit WIRES Jenny Beatson)  read more

Spare a thought for our wildlife this Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2019

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WIRES' advice on how to help bushfire affected wildlife

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Little Penguin released from care after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa

Friday, October 25, 2019

A Little Penguin has had a lucky escape after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa, near Kiama on the NSW south coast. read more

Kangaroos run over by vehicle in Tura Beach

Monday, September 30, 2019

A number of adult and juvenile kangaroos have been run over in what police are considering a deliberate act of cruelty in Tura Beach, near Merimbula on the NSW South Coast. WIRES Far South East member Janine Green was alerted to the incident when police knocked on her door at 1:30am on Sunday night, holding a surviving joey. read more

Flying-Foxes are in Trouble

Monday, September 16, 2019

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Fires and Wildlife

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

With such terrible fires sweeping across NSW and Queensland, WIRES are very aware of the tragic toll on wildlife. In the event of a major fire, the unfortunate reality is that the majority of wildlife in the immediate area of the fire, those which are unable to escape, generally perish. read more

All aboard the possum express!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rail travellers were treated to a rare sight on the Hornsby to Penrith line recently when a pair of ringtail possums were discovered quietly napping on board. 

Local WIRES volunteers Tracy Burgess and Kylie Canilleri were called to the rescue at 9.45am on a Sunday morning following a report of possums on a train heading for the Blue Mountains. 

The train had already left Central and scheduled to stop at at all stations from Parramatta to Penrith where it was due to arrive at 11.02am. WIRES was advised that once it arrived, there was only a 15 minute window of opportunity to contain the four-legged joy-riders before the train was scheduled to depart for the Blue Mountains. read more

Green Sea Turtle dies after being rescued from freshwater lake in Bella Vista

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Green Sea Turtle has died in care after being found in a freshwater, man-made lake in Bella Vista, in Sydney’s west, over 30km inland from the Tasman Sea. read more



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